The first load of the 2012 has been completed with OBIS accumulating 11 updates and 5 new datasets. Notable additions include a CSIRO dataset representing a 3 year study on fishery habitat ecosystems in southeast Australia, a dataset containing the entirety of contributions from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco’s Zooplankton Laboratory, and an update to a fish repository from the Canadian Museum of Nature provided by OBIS Canada. Additional updates provided by OBIS Canada include an addition of records to the electronic atlas of ichthyoplankton on the Scotian Shelf of North America as well as a high resolution dataset covering all species found in the Haida Gwaii archipelago.
OBIS has also obtained a number of new datasets from Fishbase and its associated providers. These include a large biodiversity research repository from Taiwan’s Academia Sinica, the fish collection of Japan’s National Museum of Nature and Science, and the French National Museum of Natural History’s Ichthyology collection.